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ACCREDITATION. Community Day February 1, 2011. Significance of Accreditation. Accreditation – Allows the students at KC to apply for Federal and/or State Financial aid Employers often require that its employees graduate from accredited institutions

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Community Day February 1, 2011

Significance of accreditation

Significance of Accreditation

  • Accreditation –

    • Allows the students at KC to apply for Federal and/or State Financial aid

    • Employers often require that its employees graduate from accredited institutions

    • States often require graduates who apply for licenses to graduate from accredited institutions

    • A means of lessening the impact of cost and the burden of external controls on colleges

What is accreditation

What is Accreditation?

  • Accreditation is a process that allows a college to demonstrate that what it says it is doing--it is actually doing

    • It gives the college the opportunity to examine its own beliefs and how it lives them out

    • It gives the college the opportunity to examine itself to see where it is doing well, where it exceeds its beliefs, and where it can improve

The accreditation process

The Accreditation Process

  • The process involves the whole institution –faculty, administration, staff, students, and trustees

  • It involves writing a self-study which explores the college and presents the college’s story as compared to a set of criteria

  • It involves a visit from a an evaluation team to see if what was written is indeed what is found

  • It takes time and commitment

Keuka s accreditation


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is our accrediting body--

    • The last accreditation was 8 years ago and the college was accredited for 10 years (2002-2012).

    • The college has to provide further evidence and reports during this time

    • Accreditation allows us to participate in many programs that support the college community



  • The ten years are almost up and now the college has to go through the reaccreditation process

    • It involves the same groups

      • Administration, trustees, faculty, staff and students

      • It requires an in-depth self study

      • It will require a visit from a team

  • It validates what we have been doing and allows us to look to the future and prepare for what we can do

  • It provides insights into areas that we need to improve and gives the opportunity to be publically proud of what we do well

Why is it important


  • Self-Regulation and Peer Review

  • Strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education

Why is it important1


Increase accountability to both internal and external constituents

  • Review, evaluate, and strengthen the processes employed for annual and long-term planning and budgeting to ensure Keuka’s future

  • Review our educational programs and services so as to enhance teaching, student learning and achievement

Why is it important2


“Institutional improvement through self-analysis”

Key activities of the self-study process:

  • Analysis

  • Evaluation

  • Identifying strategies for continued improvement

What is the process


1. The college establishes chair persons for the process

  • Ann Tuttle and Tim Sellers were identified for KC

    2. The Chairs identify a Steering Committee

    3. The Steering Committee and Administration address key issues

  • Steering Committee works on study design

  • What is the process1


    • Charge for the Steering Committee

      • Create research questions to be answered

      • Identify “task forces” or “working groups” to answer the questions

      • Develop chapter drafts with working groups

      • Communicate the goals of the self-study and encourage broad participation in the self-study process

      • Arrange for institution –wide review of and responses to a draft of the self-study

      • Oversee the completion of the final self-study report and documents relevant to the self-study process and team visit

    What is the process2


    Charge for the Taskforces/Working Groups:

    • Address the research questions

    • Gather and analyze evidence, using existing documents or developing new documents

    • Produce outlines of drafts in collaboration with Steering Committee

    • Produce final drafts of reports

    What is the process3


    • The entire institution will be needed to complete the self study

      • Data will be sought from all members of the community

      • Many people not currently on a task force will be asked to participate at some point

    • The Steering Committee will also prepare for a site visit

      • A site visit occurs when several visitors come to the campus – in this case the Main Campus, various sites for ASAP, and sites in China and Vietnam

    What is the process4


    The site visit (Spring 2013)

    • The visitors will meet with various members of the college community

    • They will informally “chat” with various community members

    • They will review materials gathered by the Steering Committee and the various task forces

  • The visitors are comparing what was said in the self study with what they find at the college.

  • After the visit


    • After the site visitors leave, they will write a report and submit it to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for a final determination.

    • Assessment remains embedded and evident in the institutional processes

    Outcomes of self study

    Outcomes of Self-Study

    • Celebration of institutional strengths

    • Development of action plans to address recommendations for improvement

    • An institution unified through involvement

    • Commitment to a shared understanding and vision of a Keuka education

    Keuka college

    Keuka College

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